Thursday, November 15, 2007

  • Faced with Bipartisan Opposition, New York Governor Eliot Spitzer Drops Effort to Grant Drivers’ Licenses to Undocumented Immigrants

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    New York State Governor Eliot Spitzer announced Wednesday that he is dropping his plan to grant drivers’ licenses to undocumented immigrants. The plan had drawn praise from immigrant rights activists but fierce opposition from Republicans and many Democrats. We speak to Chung-Wha Hong of the New York Immigration Coalition. [includes rush transcript]

  • Indictment, Lawsuit Cloud Presidential Hopes of Ex-New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani

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    With the Iowa caucuses 50 days away, more questions about Giuliani’s past have emerged in recent days that could threaten his candidacy. On Friday, his personal friend and business partner Bernard Kerik was indicted on 16 counts of federal corruption charges, including bribery and tax fraud. On Tuesday, it was revealed that one of Kerik’s former lovers, Judith Regan, had sued Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. and accused the company of pressuring her to commit perjury in order to protect Giuliani’s presidential ambition. We speak to investigative reporter and Village Voice senior editor Wayne Barrett, author of two books on Giuliani. [includes rush transcript]

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